From sprains and strains to major spinal damage, manual handling injuries are more common in the workplace than many people think and happen in almost any industry or sector.
These types of injuries occur from either lifting objects that are too heavy, repeatedly lifting, pushing or and carrying items at work.
Every employer has a duty of care to maintain health and safety in their business. The same applies to someone working in an office as a person in a warehouse or handling heavy machinery in a factory. Someone carrying boxes from one office to another during a move might get a back injury just as someone pushing a heavy wheelbarrow on a building site might do.
Manual handling techniques are essential if someone is lifting, pushing, or carrying an object that has weight. These can be taught, and certain considerations need to be taken into account by employers for workers who undertake this sort of activity regularly.
Manual Handling Legislation
The main legislation is contained in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 which states that employers must undertake a risk assessment and have the appropriate processes in place if handling heavy objects is unavoidable.
When looking at individual employees, several issues need to be considered. This includes the size, strength, and ability of the worker, how frequently they need to lift and carry objects, the size and weight of the items, and how far they need to be carried.
Employers need to take all steps possible to ensure that their employees are protected and reduce the risk of damage. The sort of injuries that we see from negligent workplace manual handling practices include spinal and muscle damage, hernias, internal injuries, and the exacerbation of existing medical conditions.
Claiming for Workplace Manual Handling Claims
If your employer has been negligent in their workplace manual handling processes and you have suffered from an injury, then you may have reason to claim compensation. If you have been asked to lift heavy boxes, for instance, without the proper training and suffered a lower back problem that kept you off work, you may be able to claim for loss of earnings.
Workplace injuries of this kind can be extremely serious, sometimes causing permanent damage to the spine that leaves an individual with a disability. Compensation can be awarded not just for the loss of earnings but to help provide support to cope with the disability.
For example, you might need to make adjustments to your home. Or you may not be able to earn the same amount of money in your job because of the injury. You might also need to get private treatment to help resolve the injury and compensation can help pay for this.
Why Use a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have been injured and your employer was negligent, for example, by not training you or not giving you a proper rest, you may be able to claim compensation. A personal injury lawyer will be able to talk through the process with you and determine whether you have a case for a potential claim or not and they normally do this for free.
A no win no fee arrangement means that the solicitor will handle your case without charging upfront fees – these will be taken out of the compensation if the claim is successful.
If you have suffered an injury from workplace manual handling, contact our personal injury lawyers today.